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Chan sisters stay in top 10

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 August, 2006, 12:00am


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Hong Kong's sailing sisters Chan Wai-kei and Chan Wai-man will stay firmly in the world's top 10 when the latest RS:X rankings are released this week.

Younger sibling Wai-man has dropped one place from sixth to seventh while Wai-kei remains ninth.

The duo are preparing for the Olympic test event which will take place in Qingdao, the 2008 games venue, on August 18-31.

Youngster Chan Hei-man also earned her first world ranking after she finished fifth in the ISAF World Youth Championships in Great Britain last month. She is now 60th in the world rankings.

Hei-man, meanwhile, continued her good form as she led the Mistral Youth and Junior World Championships in Marsala, Italy at the midway point. Although she got off to a bumpy start, coming third out of 14 competitors in the opening day, Hei-man moved to the top of the girls' junior standings with 11 penalty points after three convincing wins and one second place over the subsequent two days.

With half of the total 12 races gone, Hei-man looks likely to win the overall title.

In the boys' youth category, Ma Kwok-po was in a class of his own, winning all six races so far.

With only five penalty points after one discard, Ma led by eight points from second-placed Hazor Omri of Israel, who had collected 13 penalty points.

Another Hong Kong boardsailor, Heung Pak-san, was third with 18 penalty points.